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Boxes with apparently brand new medical ventilators were reportedly discovered in a Florida landfill.
"The reaction was strong enough for a few f-bombs. 'All these f*cking ventilators. This is what is going on. Brand new. Brand f*cking new.' The video is from a resident who was taking some garbage to the South Dade Landfill last week. He was stunned to see pallets full of brand new, wrapped medical ventilators dumped as bulky trash among mattresses, tires and other waste," WPLG TV reports.
"From the packaging, Local 10 News traced the model and the manufacturer: Beijing Aerospace Changfeng Ltd. in Beijing. A posting from a broker shows the device selling at $26,000 during the height of need last spring, as U.S. medical workers scrambled to find ventilators for an exploding number of COVID-19 patients," the station reported. "However, the Beijing Aerospace ChangFeng Ltd ACM812A was not on a list of 86 ventilator models approved for emergency authorized use by the FDA."
"His video shows a truck dumping the ventilators. Local 10 News tracked the company from the truck to a customs broker in Doral, where we learned that the specifics of items cleared through U.S. Customs is not public information," the network reported. "The FDA says that any medical device without approval may not be used, so the options are to either take it out of the country or take it to be destroyed."
Hello from South Dade Landfill, where $millions in brand-new medical ventilators were dumped & destroyed.... infuri… https://t.co/vcWefoQ0rL— Glenna Milberg (@Glenna Milberg)1618867184.0
5/ A year ago March, as the nationwide scramble for ventilators ramped up, the FDA gave Emergency Use Authorization… https://t.co/suToP2jqQL— Glenna Milberg (@Glenna Milberg)1618868090.0
7/ Medical equipment ie ventilators without approval - emergency use or otherwise - are not legal to use. Options:… https://t.co/Dfl2EqzPCZ— Glenna Milberg (@Glenna Milberg)1618872565.0
8/ Wrapping this thread with our broadcast tonight @WPLGLocal10 - about all the brand-new medical ventilators (mysteriously) dumped as bulky trash⏩ pic.twitter.com/XJKohh3moi
— Glenna Milberg (@GlennaWPLG) April 19, 2021
Moscow's military build-up on the border with Ukraine is even bigger than in 2014 when Russia invaded Crimea, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday, describing the deployment as "very seriously concerning."
While the European Union's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell cited a figure of 150,000 Russian soldiers on the Ukrainian border, before his own services scaled that figure back without explanation to 100,000, US Defense Department spokesman John Kirby declined to name a specific figure.
"It is the largest buildup we've seen certainly since 2014, which resulted in the violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity," Kirby told a news conference. "It is certainly bigger than the last one in 2014."
"I'm not going to get into specific numbers or troop formations in terms of the Russian buildup," he said.
"We do continue to see that buildup, (it's), as it was before, very seriously concerning to us," Kirby said.
"We don't believe that this buildup is conducive to security and stability along the border with Ukraine and certainly not in occupied Crimea."
"We certainly heard the Russians proclaim that this is all about training," he added. "It's not completely clear to us that that's exactly the purpose."
A Ukrainian soldier was killed and another wounded on Sunday in clashes with separatists in the east of the country, where such confrontations have increased amid renewed tensions with Moscow.
Ukraine fears that the Kremlin, widely regarded as the military and political godfather of pro-Russian separatists in the eastern region of Donbass, is looking for a pretext to attack.
Moscow has said it is "not threatening anyone" while also denouncing what it calls Ukrainian "provocations."
The war in Donbass has claimed more than 13,000 lives, and nearly 1.5 million people have been displaced since it started seven years ago in the wake of Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.
In an interview with ABC News' Pierre Thomas on "World News Tonight" released on Monday, Attorney General Merrick Garland discussed his experience prosecuting the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing — and warned that the anger and extremism that fueled that mass casualty event is still out there in the United States.
"There was a period after Oklahoma City where things seemed to be — at a lower level and ebbed," said Garland. "But this is the kind of problem you can never take your eyes off of. And the Justice Department is committed to being sure that we don't do that."
The Oklahoma City attack, carried out by a white supremacist extremist with a truck loaded with an explosive fertilizer compound, killed 168 people, including children in a daycare on the second floor.
Garland further compared the disaster to the 1921 Tulsa race riots that destroyed "Black Wall Street," arguing that it was the "same kind of hatred."
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